B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$97,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$778
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Abilene Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    324
    0
  • Murder
    6
    0
  • Rape
    69
    41
  • Robbery
    105
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    959
    1
  • Theft
    3,119
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    319
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,189
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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Abilene Reviews

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Abilene is a mid-sized town in around the center of Texas. Abilene is a good balance between big city and small town. Just as Austin, Texas has the saying, "Keep Austin Weird," Abilene has the saying, "Keep Abilene Boring." The people here are very nice and while Abilene has the most churches per capita in the US according to some sources, there is a lot of diversity in ideas and beliefs anywhere from extremely liberal to extremely conservative. Abilene is also known as the storybook capital of Texas because of the storybook theme downtown with decorations such as statues from Horton Hears a Who! Abilene is somewhat small at the moment, but is rapidly growing.
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I love the small town cozy feel for the neighborhoods, very wide streets and lots and lots of tall trees line the roadway. Great place to raise a family and there are three major colleges in town. The downside is just that there is nothing to do! I moved here recently and it's extremely difficult to meet friends. It's seems all the college students leave the city after they graduate and dont stay and create new, innovative and culturally diverse businesses or venues.
I like that Abilene is relatively peaceful. Although small, this town has all of the necessities needed to raise a family. The residents are very friendly. There is a good variety of chain restaurants, as well as local eateries. This town is also very friendly towards military personnel. Many businesses in town offer military discounts. There are frequent family friendly events to enjoy. The town is rapidly growing and new businesses are sprouting. Neighboring towns are a short drive away for easy weekend getaways. I recommend living in Abilene to anyone who prefers tight-knit communities and an easy pace of life.